Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Road Conditions

If you've ever been to Grand Canyon West, you've likely traveled the winding dirt road known as Diamond Bar. I start down Diamond Bar at about 6:30 this morning, and I turned around about 8 miles down the road at about 7:15. The rain had made the road rough up to that point, but I came across a rut in the road about a foot and a half deep. I had serious doubts that the Corolla was going to make it out the other side.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Welcome to the Blaske's

The Blaske's are in town for a visit this weekend.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

AZ Boycott

I am tired of hearing about boycotting Arizona. If you are so concerned about the illegals, bring a bus and take a load home with you. Otherwise, we'll hold 'em and put 'em on an ICE bus headed south. The feds and state carve out about 30% of my paychecks for income taxes. It would be great if some of that goes towards educating my own children and enforcing the laws to protect them.

If you're determined to carry on with the boycott, you should probably check the device with which you are reading this. If it says Intel anywhere on it (including all Macs less than 6 years old), you should turn it off now. Intel has a large facility in Chandler, AZ.

Arizona also provides about 60% of new US copper. So, it may be tough to use any electrical devices without providing some support to Arizona. Even if you purchase devices made using other copper, you still have to charge it. There is AZ copper upstream both with the Internet and the electrical grid (especially in California where SoCal Edison purchases excess AZ electricity to sell to customers in CA).

Since it is nearly impossible to connect to the Internet without bits traveling across AZ copper in a patch cord or circuit board, I'll take it as ending your boycott when you log back in.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Satellite Internet

I was definately spoiled with a 60Mb/s internet connection with my old employer.  Working off of a 1Mb/s satellite connection for each location at GCW.  At least it's not dialup

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Changing Jobs

As some of you may already be aware, I have decided to leave the school district after working there for more than five years.  The 23rd will be my last day.  Along with the new job, I will be driving A LOT  further.  So, the Camaro with no AC would not work.

With Jerimy's (Cassie's brother) help, we were able to get rid of the Camaro and get a vehicle that will fit the entire family.  Say hello to the Odyssey.

Now that Cass has a new vehicle to drive around, I'll be driving the Corolla that she used to drive.

Friday, March 19, 2010

"Camping" for Lexi's Birthday

We are going "camping" today for Lexi's Birthday.  We're not actually going to be sleeping out in tents, but we did rent a cabin in a mountain park.  It's still a little early in the year to be camping outside at that high of an elevation.  Regardless, we'll take pictures, and I'll do my best to post some of them when we get back.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Andrew and Grandpa

Andrew got to see a truck up close.  Grandpa and I took him to Grandpa's work so he could see a truck.  He has been obsessed with trucks for quite some time now.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Happy Groundhog Day

It seems as though Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this year.  So, it would seem that there should be six more weeks of winter.  Considering that it is almost 60 degrees here today.  I'm ok with that.

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Rain has Arrived

The first of several expected rain storms this week has arrived.  It has been a pretty steady drizzle for most of the morning.  I can normally save the water in our tanks in order to water the grass and the garden.  However, our tanks are already full, and all of this water is running out of the overflows onto the ground.  Oh well, at least it's raining.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Gardening Begins

I tilled in the grass clippings that I've been collecting over the summer.  Hopefully, it will add some nutrients into the soil and help to hold in a little moisture.  I battled with the garden drying out most of last year.  I finally put together a drip irrigation system, and the plants took off.  Unfortunately, it was a little late in the year.  We were able to get several zucchinis, a few tomatoes, some green beans, and some watermelon that never quite got big enough to eat.  I hope that next year will yield a little better output.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Five Weeks Old

Matthew had a doctor's appointment today. He now weighs 8 and 1/2 pounds.